Chargers Fight Past Stonehill for 3-1 Victory

Charger Athletics

EASTON, Mass. – The University of New Haven women’s volleyball team dropped set one on Saturday afternoon at Stonehill before rattling off three-straight wins to knock off the host Skyhawks, 3-1. A trio of Chargers recorded double-doubles en route to a win by set scores of 23-25, 26-24, 25-19 and 25-23.

With the win in their first match in eight days, the Chargers improve to 21-1 and extend their winning streak to 18 matches.

With the win in their first match in eight days, the Chargers improve to 21-1 and extend their winning streak to 18 matches. New Haven also remains perfect at 12-0 in Northeast-10 action. Stonehill falls to 12-14 with a 6-8 conference tally.

At the net, Amber Cannady (Yonkers, N.Y./Charles E. Gorton) was a force both offensively and defensively with 14 kills (14-4-29, .345) and 11 blocks, while Keidy Candelaria (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico/Bayamon Military Academy) led all players with 16 kills and added 12 digs. Kaulana Ane (Paia, Hawaii/Kamehameha) also registered a double-double with a match-best 46 assists and 13 digs in addition to four kills. Kristy Atufunwa (Denver, Colo./Denver East) contributed 10 kills, Kristen Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty) posted eight finishers and Ashley Dalton (Helena, Mont./Capital / Northern Arizona) had one. As a unit, New Haven hit .215 (53-18-163) in the four-set contest.

In the back row, Kea-Marie Olaso (Kailua, Hawai’i/Le Jardin Academy) recorded a match-high 26 digs, and Lee contributed 19. Joining Cannady in the blocking effort were Ane and Lee, who each had a hand in five of the Chargers’ 14 rejections.

Kirsten Arvidson and Delia Phillips led the Stonehill offense with 11 kills apiece as the Skyhawks hit a collective .159 (60-30-189) in the match. Mary-Kate Catton, Meaghan Lee and Sydney Maxey each added 10 kills.

The Chargers led by as many as six points in the opening set, but Stonehill erased the early 11-5 deficit with a 16-6 stretch in which New Haven only once recorded back-to-back points. Now trailing 21-17, the Chargers would rally knot the score at 23-23, but a kill from Catton and New Haven attack error gave the first set to the hosts, 25-23.

New Haven responded with the first four points of set two and extended the margin to five at 15-10. However, the Skyhawks again had an answer with a 7-1 rally to gain their first advantage of the set at 17-16. The clubs then traded points up to a set-point chance for Stonehill at 24-23. A Candelaria kill pulled the frame back to even at 24-24, and consecutive attack errors by the Skyhawks secured a 26-24 New Haven victory to tie the match at 1-1.

The pivotal third set began with the squads trading points to a 6-6 stalemate. At that point, the Chargers rattled off a 7-1 stretch to open up a 13-7 advantage. The margin would hold this time, as the Blue and Gold went on to lead by as many as eight points in an eventual 25-19 triumph.